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SCC - RIO Report Card


THE FOURTEENTH ANNUAL RIO (REPORT ON INTERNATIONAL OBLIGATIONS) REPORT CARD, 2006

SUMMARY

Grading the Government of Canada and the Provinces/Territories on their Environmental and Sustainable Development Commitments


Sierra Club of Canada has been researching, writing and producing the RIO Report Card every year since 1993, marking the first anniversary of the Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro, and every anniversary since.

The report card, now in its fourteenth year, continues under the name RIO, as an acronym and not a city. R.I.O. stands for “Report on International Obligations.” We continue to measure progress on environment and development commitments, whether reached in Rio, Kyoto, Johannesburg or Stockholm.

This is the first report card to grade the federal government of Prime Minister Stephen Harper. Although Mr. Harper has been Prime Minister less than six months, the slide in marks is clear and worrying.

The previous minority Martin Government was making limited progress. Former Environment Minister Stéphane Dion did superb work from June 2005 until the close of the climate conference in December. In fact, Minister Dion ignored the fall of the government on November 28, 2005 and conducted himself as a heroic President of the negotiations. International NGOs rated his performance as the best of any in the last thirteen years of Conferences of the Parties.

The provincial record is mixed, with special bonus marks to Ontario for water policy, and no progress at all for the Alberta government of Ralph Klein.



FEDERAL GRADING

SUBJECT GRADE


Commitment to Increase Overseas Development Assistance to 0.7% of GDP


C-

Commitment to Reduce Greenhouse Gases

F

Federal Commitment to Biodiversity

D for Liberals
F for Conservatives

Commitment to Review and Reform Pesticide and Toxic Policies

F

Commitment to Environmental Assessment

C+

Agenda 21 Commitment to Make Trade and Environment Mutually Supportive

F

Commitment to the Conservation and Sustainable Use of Living Marine Resources

F

Forests

C



PROVINCIAL/TERRITORIAL GRADING

PROVINCE /TERRITORY SUBJECT GRADE


Newfoundland and Labrador


Biodiversity

Climate Change


B

B+

Nova Scotia

Biodiversity

Toxic Chemicals / Pollution

Climate Change

C+

F

D-

Prince Edward Island

Biodiversity

Climate Change

B-

A-

New Brunswick

Biodiversity

Toxic Chemicals / Pollution

Climate Change

C-

D

C+

Quebec


Biodiversity

Climate Change

C

A+

Ontario


Biodiversity

Climate Change

Bonus Grade for Water

C-

F

A

Manitoba

Biodiversity

Climate Change

C+

B

Saskatchewan


Biodiversity

Climate Change

C-

C+

Alberta


Biodiversity

Climate Change

F

F

British Columbia

Biodiversity

Climate Change

B

D

Northwest Territories

Biodiversity

Climate Change

D

F

Yukon

Biodiversity

Climate Change

D-

D

Nunavut

Biodiversity

Climate Change

C+

B



For the full RIO report card, or for more information, please visit our website at www.sierraclub.ca/national/rio, send us an email at info@sierraclub.ca or call Sierra Club of Canada, National Office at 1-888-810-4204